Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said the United States is working on a plan to attack the Russian fleet in the Black Sea and thus liberate ports whose blockade by Moscow threatens global food supplies.
“The United States is preparing a plan to destroy the Black Sea Fleet,” the official said on Twitter. “The effective action of the Ukrainians on the warships persuaded (the United States) to prepare a plan to open the ports,” he added.
“The delivery of powerful anti-ship weapons (Harpoon and Naval Strike missiles with a range of 250-300 km) is being discussed,” he added.
His Twitter message follows a Reuters news agency report that the White House is working on a plan to put anti-ship missiles into the hands of Ukrainian forces to defeat the naval blockade.
According to Newsweek, the possibility of food spoilage in the Black Sea ports has alarmed the international community.
UN Food Coordinator David Beasley appealed directly to Vladimir Putin by saying that millions of people will die around the world due to the Russian blockade. “If you have any heart,” he said, “you have to open those ports.”
For its part, the Group of Seven major industrialized countries, which includes the most industrialized countries, promised to contribute $ 19.8 billion to the financial affairs of Ukraine, which is facing the invasion of Russia, according to a statement issued by the group at the conclusion of Friday’s meeting.
The statement, issued after the meeting of finance ministers, said the funds would be used “to help Ukraine cover its fiscal deficit and continue to ensure the provision of basic services to the Ukrainian people.”
The group’s document, made up of the United States, Japan, Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany, does not specify the amount of each country or international organization’s contribution, nor the proportion of direct loans and aid.
Of the $19.8 billion, $9.5 billion was secured at the end of a two-day meeting in Koningwinter, outside Bonn, in western Germany.
“Ukrainian liquidity is guaranteed in the coming times,” German Finance Minister Christian Lindner said during a press conference.
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